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Danny Aiello Never Wanted To Work With Madonna

US actor Danny Aiello has talked to FRESH-FM 102.7 about his career and his part in Madonna‘s music video for 'Papa Don’t Preach', Aiello played the role of Madonna’s father in the video clip, something he was reluctant to do:

'My daughter talked me into that, I didn’t want to do it because, ya know, I don’t do videos,' says Aiello, whose daughter was a huge fan. He didn’t accept the $450 for the shoot in exchange for his daughter to be allowed on set to take pictures.
'She hasn’t changed much, except I think she was a better singer when she was sorta brand new.'
'She was very nice to me, I suppose it was a father/daughter relationship.'

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John Travolta hit the dancefloor at Madonna's Oscars party

John Travolta broke out his famous 'Saturday Night Fever' dance moves at Madonna's Oscars party.
The 59-year-old actor - who earned an Oscar nomination for his role as disco lover Tony Manero in the 1977 film - wowed an A-list audience by showing he's still got the moves as Bee Gees hit 'Stayin' Alive' played at the bash following the Academy Awards on Sunday.
John - who was accompanied by his wife Kelly Preston - did the famous dance which helped him earn a Best Actor nomination and other celebrity guests 'followed and started dancing', according to the New York Post newspaper.
Celebrities at the party, which took place at the Los Angeles home of Madonna's close friend and manager Guy Oseary, included Oscar-winning 'Lincoln' actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Channing Tatum and Selena Gomez.
Meanwhile, the 'Hung Up' songstress took the occasion to dress up, sporting a metallic green Altuzarra dress with black fur trim and a black wig styled glamorously like movie icon Bettie Page.
Posting a picture on Instagram, Madonna, 54, wrote: 'And the Oscar goes to #ALTUZARRA.'
And posting a headshot of her Old Hollywood hairdo, she questioned: 'Do blondes really have more fun?'


Instagram Tells Madonna To Stop Breaking The Rules

Madonna, who only recently joined Instagram, appears to have broken the Facebook-owned photo-sharing site's rules.
The mononymous pop celebrity posted a warning addressed to her that accused her of violating Instagram's community guidelines.
Instagram's rules ban nudity and the posting of images that don't belong to the user posting them, among other restrictions.
Madonna has more than 150,000 followers on Instagram. Many of them leapt to the assumption that Madonna was being punished for photos that displayed cleavage or ample portions of the star's buttocks. It's possible, however, that Instagram took action for other reasons.
For example, Madonna posted at least two photos of Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist whom she has long cited as an inspiration.
Of course, it's difficult to know if those were actual copyright violations. Madonna may in fact own the photos in question; she's a known collector of Kahlo's works and other Kahlo-related material.
She misspelled Kahlo's name in one posting, though that's not a violation of Instagram rules.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The company typically does not comment on individual users' use of its services.
Instagram drew criticism late last year for revising its terms of service in a way that suggested it might sell users' photos. CEO Kevin Systrom apologized and the service retracted some of the more controversial terms.

From Business Insider Via Yahoo! Finance

Madonna crowned top music earner in 2012

Madonna was named the biggest money maker in music in 2012 on Friday, with a world tour helping her take home up to $34.6 million (22.6 million pounds) and highlighting the earning power of live performances as the industry increasingly goes digital.
The 54-year-old Material Girl topped Billboard Magazine's annual list of 40 top money makers for the second time after earning an estimated $32 million - 93.5 percent of her revenue - from her 88-date 'MDNA' tour, 2012's biggest tour.
Madonna, who also led the list in 2008 due to tour income, was the only woman in the top 10 with last year's winner, Taylor Swift, who fell to 15th place as she did not tour in 2012.
In second place in the music magazine's list was Bruce Springsteen whose $33.4 million revenue was also primarily driven by touring, playing to sold-out stadiums and arenas.
Springsteen, who also released a No. 1 album, 'Wrecking Ball,' last year, earned 92 percent of his revenue from live shows where strong merchandise sales also boosted takings.
Roger Waters, founder of Pink Floyd, came a distant third with earnings of $21 million largely from 'The Wall Live' tour and Van Halen was fourth with $20 million after touring in support of their album 'A Different Kind of Truth'.
'When it comes to making the biggest score, the most money always comes from high-paying live performances,' Billboard's editorial analyst Glenn Peoples wrote in explaining the list.
'Ironically, the most popular touring artists are usually well past their peaks on the album sales charts.'
Country music veteran Kenny Chesney, the Dave Matthews Band, country's Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean, and British band Coldplay came next on the list.
The list was compiled by Billboard editors using data for Boxscore archives of U.S. concert gross figures, Nielsen SoundScan data for sales, YouTube, and Nielsen BDS data.

From Reuters Via Yahoo! News

Andrea Riseborough: Madonna is 'wonderful' director

Madonna has 'wonderful instinct' as a director.
Andrea Riseborough - who played Wallis Simpson in the singer's first full length motion picture, romantic drama 'W.E.' - praised her directorial efforts, insisting that the 'Girl Gone Wild' star is as comfortable behind the lens as she is in the recording studio.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz, she explained: 'She was 100% professional. Working with her was a very natural rhythm for me in the sense that she wanted to always capture a moment at its best. Whichever moment we were dealing with emotionally, she always thought to express it in an interesting and truthful way.'
'She has wonderful instinct and that's valuable. And she has an extraordinary eye.'
The 31-year-old actress admitted she was in awe of Madonna's dedication to the project, which depicts the love story between King Edward VII, who abdicated the throne in order to be with American divorcee Wallis.
She said: 'She worked on the project for 10 years and it was such a passion project for her. Really, I think everything is a passion project for her because she is very dedicated about what she does and so enthusiastic about it.'

From Digital Spy

Madonna Mourns DJ Ex-Boyfriend Mark Kamins

Madonna's one-time boyfriend Mark Kamins had died at the age of 57.
The DJ and producer passed away after suffering 'a massive coronary' in Guadalajara, Mexico on Thursday, according to
Kamins produced the Holiday hitmaker's early single Everybody and also dated the pop superstar, and Madonna has now paid her respects to her ex-boyfriend.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Madonna writes, 'I'm very sorry to hear about Mark's death. I haven't seen him for years but if it weren't for him, I might not have had a singing career.'
'He was the first DJ to play my demos before I had a record deal. He believed in me before anyone else did. I owe him a lot. May he rest in peace.'

Producer Jellybean Benitez writes in a post on his page, 'So sad to learn of the passing of Mark Kamins...I will never forget the first time we met and how much we laughed...'
'U are and will always be an inspiration to many...I will miss u...Rest in peace my friend.'


UK Magazines: Record Collector

Peter Magennis (The Beats Within) has written a six-page article about the making of Everybody, which is out now in UK magazine, Record Collector (February edition).

The story of Madonna's rise to fame has been told many, many times, but thanks to his exclusive interviews with virtually Everybody who was involved in making the single, the article reveals some cool new facts about Madonna - including the name of yet another unreleased demo from the early years. This feature is possibly one of the most in-depth articles about the making of Madonna's first single.

Included in the article are new and exclusive interviews with Mark Kamins (producer), Bob Blank (studio owner), Butch Jones (studio engineer), Fred Zarr (synths), Leslie Ming (drums), Ira Siegel (guitar), Rob Prinz (Madonna's first agent), Danny Tenaglia (legendary club DJ) and Charlene 'Chardonna' Martinez (the world's first Madonna wanna-be) - many of whom very kindly spoke exclusively and went on the record for the first time about working with Madonna in and out of the studio.

The magazine is in UK stores now and it will also become available in select international book stores (Barnes & Noble, etc) in the coming weeks. International fans can also buy the magazine direct from the Record Collector website at

Vote: Radio 2's 100 Most Played Albums

This February, BBC Four, Radio 2 and 6 Music are celebrating The Golden Age of the Album.
As part of our album season, we'd like you to pick your favourite from our list of Radio 2's 100 Most Played Albums. We have selected albums whose singles/tracks are played by Radio 2 regularly, and we've only allowed one album per artist. These are studio albums only, so you won't see any soundtracks, live shows or compilations in the list.
The vote opens at 10.00am on Friday 01 February and closes at 6.59pm on Friday 22 February.
We'll reveal the albums with the most votes in a special countdown programme at Easter. Get voting!

Madonna's 'True Blue' is on the shortlist so get voting for it now at

Thanks to Anna-Clare and Paul

Madonna makes her debut on Instagram

Madonna has joined Instagram. The 'Girl Gone Wild' singer followed in the footsteps fellow celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyonce by joining the growing photo-sharing social networking site yesterday, and she instantly caused waves by posting a picture of her cleavage.
The 54-year-old star toasted her arrival on the social networking site with a photo of her sipping a dirty martini and captioned the shot declaring: 'Cheers motherf**kers! I'm on instagram (sic)'
Madonna later sent out a suggestive post-workout snap, holding her camera up to her chest and exclaimed that she was 'addicted to sweat'.
The saucy cleavage-baring picture attracted over 8,000 likes from fans, with one commenting: 'Boobs rules! LUV @madonna #fit#madonna (sic)'
Since joining Instagram yesterday, the 'Hung Up' hitmaker has already attracted more than 58,000 followers.
Madonna's account on the photo sharing website marks her first foray into social media since briefly launching a Twitter account in March 2012 to promote her album 'MDNA', but the profile has since become inactive.


Cheers! Madonna joins Instagram

Madonna made her debut on Instagram this weekend posting this picture of herself with the caption 'Cheers motherfuckers! I'm on instagram.'

Both Guy Oseary and Brahim welcomed her onto Instagram by posting these tweets:

Andrea Riseborough: Madonna lets her femininity drive her

The actress was directed by the pop superstar in last year's W.E., which divided critics on its release.
'She had been working on that story for ten years and it was very close to her heart,' Riseborough told Metro.
'The first time I met her she asked me for tea because she's very fond of an English cuppa.'
Riseborough continued: 'I really respect how she allows her femininity to drive her. And I think that's not something we are really encouraged to do. 'P*ssy' for example - why is that an insult?'
'Or, 'Don't be a girl!' If you used those same insults in a racial context, it would never be allowed.'


Madonna dismisses 'reckless' Africa claims

The singer, along with the actress Angelina Jolie, was the subject of criticism from Mozambique-born supermodel Tasha de Vasconcelos.
Ms de Vasconcelos, who was forced to flee to Canada after the outbreak of civil war in her country of birth, said: 'You don't take a child out of Africa. If you want to help them, you help them inside their country.'
She added: 'This is why I do not advocate adoption out of Africa to a Hollywood lifestyle, as Madonna and Angelina Jolie have done.'
But a spokesman for Madonna, who has adopted two children from Africa, called the comments 'reckless'.
'Her children are thriving and well cared-for and are certainly being educated about their culture and where they came from,' the spokesman added.

It is rumoured that Madonna was inspired to adopt from Africa after a conversation with Jolie, who adopted Ethiopian baby Zahara Marley to her family in 2005.
Ms de Vasconcelos, who was recently made an honorary consul for the G8 to help bridge the gap between Europe and Africa, also attacked Madonna and Jolie for 'throwing money' at Africa without getting involved on the ground.
Her charity Amor is set to open an eye clinic in Malawi this year, the charity's second such project.
She said: 'They don't know how it is to be an African. In a tribe there's a chief, he's got a community. You have to respect the chief first, then meet with the elders.'
'You have to become close to the people on the ground: the ministers, the chief of the village, the people who are running the projects on the ground, and that means being hands-on. It is not enough just to send cheques.'


St. Petersburg City Court Sides With Madonna in Lawsuit

The St. Petersburg City Court upheld the rejection of an 333 million-ruble ($11 million) suit against Madonna for violating a local law banning homosexual 'propaganda' as lawmakers debate similar federal legislation.
The court in St. Petersburg, the second-biggest Russian city and the hometown of President Vladimir Putin, affirmed a Nov. 22 district court decision, said Daria Dedova, one of the suit’s plaintiffs, in a phone interview today. The court reduced the court fees for each plaintiff from 60,000 rubles ($2,000) to 7,500 rubles, according to a court spokesman.
'We don’t agree with the court’s decision and plan to appeal to Russia’s Supreme Court,' said Dedova. 'The State Duma is discussing legislation to prohibit anti-family propaganda on the national level and we are on the right path.'
Dedova is among nine city residents who filed the lawsuit against Louise Veronica Ciccone, Madonna’s real name, concert organizer PMI Corp. and the Peterburgsky Sports and Concert Complex, where the event took place.
They accused the defendants of violating cultural traditions and promulgating homosexuality during Madonna’s Aug. 9 concert. Gays and lesbians should be treated with dignity and tolerance, the pop singer said during the gig to about 10,000 concertgoers.
The law, signed on March 7 by St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko, bans lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender 'propaganda.' Similar bills are already in force in 12 of the country’s 83 regions.
Russian lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a bill that would ban such 'propaganda' on Jan. 25 in the first of three readings.
People found guilty of creating 'false perceptions of the social equality of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations' face fines of as much as 500,000 rubles, according to draft passed by a vote of majority of State Duma members.
Fines for violating the St. Petersburg law total 5,000 rubles ($156) for private individuals, 50,000 rubles for government officials and 500,000 rubles for organizations.


Attitude magazine wants your Blond Ambition memories

Matt Cain, the Channel 4 News arts presenter and gay cultural history columnist for Attitude magazine, will be writing a piece about Madonna's Blond Ambition tour for next months magazine.

He wants madonnalicious readers to tweet him their thoughts on the tour, and their memories if they were lucky enough to see it. Your tweet might be chosen and included in the article!

So tweet your Blond Ambition thoughts to @MatthewCainC4. Why not include @_madonnalicious to your tweet so we can read your memories too?

Madonna to donate MDNA tour costumes for Sandy relief

Madonna is preparing to auction off a number of items used on her MDNA world tour to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Sandy, according to U.S. reports.
The star is giving away her stage outfits including a majorette costume and a caged basque she wore during the record-breaking trek, report editors at the New York Post.
The Material Girl threw herself into the support effort for communities left devastated by the October superstorm, and she visited the neighbourhood of Far Rockaway, New York to help relief workers box up supplies for locals.
Her daughter Lourdes, who accompanied the singer on the visit, blogged earlier this week about how she was left stunned by the amount of damage caused by the storm, likening the devastation to 'the apocalypse'.

From OK! Magazine

Rita Ora: Madonna could heal me

Rita Ora is in awe of Madonna's exercise regime because she once tried Pilates and just fell over.
The British singer is a massive fan of the American legend and is in awe of how well the 54-year-old looks after her body. Madonna is known for her love of exercise and dedication to a healthy diet and Rita thinks she could learn a lot from the star.
'I'd be mates with Madonna. She could heal me: I'd go to yoga with her so I feel like I'd get really healthy,' Rita mused to Stylist magazine. 'I tried Pilates once and it just didn’t work. I completely fell over; I don’t know how people do it. I’ve never met Madonna, but if I did, I’d be nervous and just stare in awe. I’d probably say nothing and she would be like, 'What is this weirdo doing?''


Madonna still the reigns as the Queen of the Super Bowl

The half-hour that included Beyonce’s performance at Super Bowl XLVII was one of the most watched segments of the NFL championship on Sunday, hitting an average of about 104 million viewers, Billboard estimates, based on Nielsen data.
Nielsen estimated 108.41 million viewers tuned in for the Super Bowl, making it the third-most-watched program in television history behind Super Bowl XLVI and Super Bowl XLV. Nielsen, heeding CBS’s request, is not counting the 34-minute power outage delay in its ratings.
The halftime show began shortly before 8:10 p.m. ET and between 8 and 8:30, the show did a 48.2 rating, according to Nielsen’s metered market ratings. Based on Nielsen’s math of a little more than two viewers per television set, the viewership is in the 104 million ballpark. It is highly likely that when final numbers are released, Beyonce’s total will be lower than the 104 million estimate.
The block with Beyonce’s 14-minute performance outperformed the previous half-hour by three-tenths of a rating point. The Baltimore Ravens-San Francisco 49ers game peaked, audience-wise, between 10:30 and 10:47 p.m. when an average of 113.982 million viewers were watching.
The audience for Beyonce trailed Madonna’s performance at last year’s Super Bowl. Madge attracted 112.5 million viewers, surpassing the 95.7 million who watched Bruce Springsteen in 2009.


Lourdes talks about Superstorm Sandy Visit with Madonna

Madonna's daughter was left stunned when she volunteered in New York during the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, likening the devastation she witnessed to 'the apocalypse'.
The Material Girl took Lourdes, 16, with her when she visited Far Rockaway in November, just days after America's East Coast was battered by the October storm.
Mother and daughter met with relief workers and helped box up supplies for locals, and the teenager has opened up about the experience in a post on her blog.
Lourdes reveals she found the devastation 'awful' to comprehend and has urged her followers to do all they can to assist U.S. residents re-building their lives after the storm.
She writes, 'It's extremely important that we Still do what we can because people still need help. This can be donating to hurricane relief or going down to the affected locations and helping out.'
'My family and I went down to Rockaway a while back and the devastation was awful. It looked like the apocalypse and trash, rubble and tree branches were everywhere. We boxed provisions and gave them out to folks that needed them.'
'It was actually really awesome to see how many people were there helping out and how many people cared. There has been an extreme amount of progress since the hurricane despite the damage done and it is very inspiring to see the city rebuild itself but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done.'


Merchandise: Limited Edition MDNA Watch

A limited quantity of the Madonna MDNA fashion watch is available to buy in the official Madonna online store. The watch features the MDNA logo on the front of a white-faced, silver-backed time piece, with a white wristband. Comes in a soft pouch featuring the MDNA World Tour artwork.

To buy the watch click on the picture below to get to the store.

Madonna MDNA Watch

Madonna wins court judgment for $40,000

She came. She sang. She got paid, but a Ukrainian judge says not enough.
Madonna’s first-ever concert in Kyiv last August left lots of fond memories for fans, but a legal nightmare for the show’s organizers. Melnitsa International, who brought the pop queen to Ukraine, lost a lawsuit on Jan. 18 for apparently violating Madonna’s copyright.
The company was ordered by a Kyiv district court to pay Hr 1.09 million($136,000) in damages, including Hr 322,866 (about $40,000) to Madonna herself. But it’s unclear whether the diva knows anything about the cash the Ukrainian court awarded her because it wasn’t her who started the legal process and claimed her rights were breached.
Madonna’s spokesperson did not respond to requests for comments by the time Kyiv Post went to press.
The lawsuit against Madonna’s concert organizers was instigated by the state Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights. The agency’s role is to collect royalties in Ukraine from concerts, clubs, radio stations and so on, and pass the cash on to official representatives of artists.
By law, concert organizers have to pay 5 percent of their take to copyright holders on top of the sum indicated in the direct contract with the singer.
The regulating agency claimed that Madonna’s concert organizers breached her copyright, as well as the rights of 46 authors of the songs performed during the concert, because they failed to sign an agreement with the state body before dealing with Madonna, and instead paid her royalties to an irrelevant company.
'We have warned to get a license with (our) agency for using the songs,' said Sergiy Rogozhin, the agency’s deputy director. 'They didn’t do it ... and violated the copyright which we’re managing.'
He said his agency has exclusive contracts for Madonna’s (and many other artists’) copyright in Ukraine.
Ukrainian Agency for Copyright and Related Rights filed a similar suit against Melnitsa International for organizing the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert last summer, but it’s still pending in court. Melnitsa International had no immediate comment.
What got the company in legal trouble is choosing to deal with a private copyright management company, House of Music Authors. Maria Borodina, a lawyer for House of Music Authors, said her company also has contracts with international copyright agencies that represent artists like Madonna. She says she was 'shocked' by what she considers to be a biased court decision.
'It looked like it was just copied from the (state agency’s) plea and nobody considered the point of the defendant,' Borodina said. House of Music Authors and Melnitsa International appealed the ruling on Jan. 28.
Borodina said the court ruling is not the only piece of the puzzle related to the government-owned copyright agency. She said the agency forwarded Hr 15,000 ($1,875) in royalties to rock band Scorpions for their concert in 2010. According to Borodina, Britney Spears got even less, Hr 11,000 ($1,375). Both performed in Palats Sportu, which seats close to 10,000 people.
'How is this possible, when Palats Sportu was packed and the average price for the ticket was Hr 1,000 ($125)? They should have paid Hr 300,000 ($37,500) at least,' Borodina says. Rogozhin would not comment on these cases, saying they took place a long time ago.
Oksana Yefimchuk, a lawyer at Jurimex, who specializes on copyright issues, says that most copyright agencies in Ukraine, especially government ones, have bad reputations. 'The money they collect often doesn’t reach copyright holders and is hanging on their banking accounts,' she says.